Category: Events

Erase the Nation

A documentary followed by Q/A with the director Tomasz Grzywaczewski November 30, 2023 at 6:30PM Communications Building, Room 120 on the UW Campus The event, sponsored by UW Slavic Department and UW PSEC, is free and open to the public Erase the Nation, a documentary film directed by Tomasz Grzywaczewski, is about the destruction of…
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An Evening of Poetry and Prose with Prof. Piotr Florczyk

Writing with an Accent: An Evening of Translingual Poetry and Prose November 14, 2023 at 7:00PM Thomson Hall, Room 101 on the UW campus The event is free and open to the public What do Joseph Conrad, Samuel Beckett, Ha Jin, and Jhumpa Lahiri have in common? What does it mean to live between languages…
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Polish Fall Bazaar

Savor delicious Polish food and get Christmas gifts for family and friends! Check the menu here. Frozen menu to go here. Enjoy pastries as well as coffee/tea at the dessert booth. An excellent selection of jewelry, gifts, crafts, Bolesławiec pottery, and more! Free admission

Seattle Polish Film Festival


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Józef Hołard, Jajo


The Allen Library North Lobby on the UW Campus May 8 – June 16, 2023 during the Library opening hours The exhibition presents posters designed by artists from different generations. It encompasses artworks created by professors, PhD candidates, and students from the Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Silesia in Katowice. The title…
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May 18, 2023 at 7:15PM at Thomson Hall, Room 101, UW Campus The lecture will be preceded by an official opening of the exhibit on May 18 at 6:30PM at the Allen Library North Lobby Sewing, embroidery, and weaving have been stereotypically considered to be women’s activities, limited to domestic space. Contemporary Polish artists radically…
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Agnieszka Jeżyk, PhD nominated the Maria Kott Endowed Professor of Polish Studies at the University of Washington

Agnieszka Jeżyk specializes in the Polish avant-garde poetry of the interwar period and Slavic horror studies. She has published in The Polish Review, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Slavic and East European Journal, Ab Imperio Quarterly, among others. She is a co-editor of the volume Slavic Horror across the Media: Cursed Zones forthcoming in Manchester University Press…
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Revolutionary Subjecthood of the Interwar Poetry in Poland: Traumatized Selves and Heterogeneous Subjectivities in Tytus Czyżewski’s Writing a talk by Agnieszka Jeżyk, PH.D.

February 14, 2023 at 5:00PM (PDT) on ZOOM ZOOM link https://washington.zoom.us/j/99211800349 This talk focuses on the influence that World War I had on the notion of subjecthood of one of the most important Polish avant-garde groups, the futurists. Even today contemporary criticism more frequently presents the first works of authors such as Bruno Jasieński, Jerzy…
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The Anxious Mind: (Re)Defining Polishness in the 21st Century a talk by Krzysztof Borowski, Ph.D.

February 21, 2023; 5:00-6:15PM (PDT) on ZOOM Zoom Link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/92024355732 This talk will examine what contemporary regionalist discourse reveals about the Polish national imagination in the early 21st century by tracing examples of divergent narratives across language, literature, and culture. Dr. Borowski will show how these ideas actively challenge deeply rooted visions of culture, identity,…
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Between Nomadism and Rootedness: Literary Topography in the Writings of Joanna Bator, Grażyna Plebanek, and Olga Tokarczuk a talk by Justyna Zych, PhD

March 1, 2023 at 12:00PM (PDT) on ZOOM ZOOM link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/91621751737 One of the main common themes in the literary work of Joanna Bator, Grażyna Plebanek, and Olga Tokarczuk is travel. Their mobile protagonists – travelers, multiple migrants, cosmopolitans – traverse countries and continents, driven by freedom aspirations, existential quests, longing for adventure and Otherness,…
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Third Cinema in the Second World: Images of Anti-colonialism in the Polish People’s Republic, a talk by Marla Zubel, Ph.D.

February 7, 2023; 5:00-6:15PM (PDT) on ZOOM Zoom Link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/92453723595 This talk locates key elements of the politics and aesthetics of Latin American Third Cinema in anti-colonial reportage films made in Poland in the 1960s and 1970s. The point is not to posit an alternative origin of a form of militant cinema first conceptualized by…
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Madame Curie – Destiny Fulfilled by Hanna Karczewski – Lecture

January 18, 2023 at 7:00PM  Thomson Hall, Room 101 on the UW Campus Visitor parking info Lecture is free and open to the public             Masks and social distancing recommended Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to win a Nobel Prize twice, and the…
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RADIOACTIVE – Movie showing

January 20, 2023  at 6:30PM   Polish Cultural Center -Dom Polski, 1714 18th Ave in Seattle The event is free and open to the public “Fueled by a brilliant mind and a fierce love, Marie  Curie teams up with husband Pierre on a scientific journey that will alter the course of history.” – Netflix Radioactive  (2019)…
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Exhibit – The Lady of Radium: The Life of Maria Skłodowska-Curie

January 11 – March 10, 2023, Suzzallo Library, Ground Floor, on the UW CampusExhibit is free and open to the publicIn celebration of the centennial of Maria Curie’s first visit to the United States in 1921, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland has created an exhibit “The Lady of Radium: The Life of Maria…
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Polish Community Support for Ukraine

In support of our Ukrainian neighbors, the Seattle Polish Foundation (SPF) is launching a fundraising campaign: Polish Community Support for Ukraine. All contributions will be donated to Polish Humanitarian Action (Polska Akcja Humanitarna, PAH) in order to support people affected by the war in Ukraine and refugees arriving in Poland.   To donate, go to…
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Maria Kott Endowed Professorship of Polish Studies at the University of Washington

 Maria Kott Endowed Professorship of Polish Studies at the University of Washington has been established!  We are grateful to all the donors who, over the years, contributed to the Endowment Fund, which reached $362,000 this year. Above all, we thank Ryszard Kott who matched the existing funds up to  $700,000 and pledged to provide additional…
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A Singular Spirit: Józef Czapski, His Art and Life

A lecture by Eric Karpeles February 23, 2022 at 7:00 PM (PT) on ZOOM Józef Czapski (1896-1993) witnessed the tumult of twentieth-century Europe first-hand, as a military officer, art and literary critic, disciplined chronicler of his own experiences, and above all, as a painter skilled at isolating the subtle significance of the everyday. At a…
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Music of Polish-Jewish Composers

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 6:00PM at the Polish Cultural Center- Dom Polski 1714 18th Ave, Seattle The concert is part of an international tour of the Polish Chamber Musicians’ Association entitled “Music of Polish-Jewish Composers,” visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Paso Robles, and New York from October until December 2021. Performers appearing in…
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Polish American Women: Writing Her Self

A lecture by Prof. Grażyna J. Kozaczka November 17, 2021 at 6:30PM (PT) on ZOOM ABOUT THE LECTURE: This talk, Polish American Women: Writing Her Self, will apply a literary lens to a discussion of identity/self of immigrant and ethnic women. What is it that women fiction writers reveal to us about their Polish American…
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Lem’s Bestiary Illustrated by Mróz

Exhibit in The Allen Library North Lobby on the UW Seattle main campus October 11 – November 19, 2021 Monday through Friday 9:00AM– 5:00PM On the 100th anniversary of Stanisław Lem’s birth, the Seattle Gdynia Sister City Association, the producer of Seattle Polish Film Festival, and the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee, in collaboration with…
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29th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival

For more information, go to SPFF Website

Mighty Son of Poland: Zbyszko, Polish Americans and Sport in the 20th Century

A lecture by Prof. Neal Pease October 13, 2021 at 7PM (PT) on ZOOM ABOUT THE LECTURE: Sport has played a significant role in the history of the Polish diaspora in the United States, serving both as an element of ethnic pride, and as an indicator of the acculturation of Polish immigrants and their descendants…
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Hospital of the Transfiguration

October 6, 2021 at 7:30PM (PT) on ZOOM In celebration of the Year of Stanisław Lem, Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association and UW PSEC announce a showing of Hospital of the Transfiguration ( in Polish: Szpital Przemienienia) is an adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s book of the same name. The 1979 film directed by Edward Żebrowski tells…
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75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program

September 26, 2021 at 11:00AM (PT) on ZOOM https://washington.zoom.us/j/98784786867 In 2021, the Fulbright Program is celebrating its 75th anniversary (in Poland, the Program has been present for 62 years). Congratulations! University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee is joining this celebration by inviting Justyna Budzik, Ph.D. and Jacek Mikołajczyk, Ph.D., Fulbright Slavic Awardees, to talk…
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